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Summer Care for Your Battery

Summer is the perfect time to hit the road on adventures but a bad battery can really mess up plans. As the temperature rises, your vehicle’s battery strength decreases. Excessive heat can corrode your battery by evaporating the water from your battery fluid and destroying its internal grid. Be ready for whatever the summer has in store for you by taking care of your battery with these simple tips. 1. Always wear protective eyewear when working on your battery. I once had the misfortune of having a car battery tip while waiting on my passenger floorboard to be installed. The battery was only left prone for about twenty minutes, but the leaking acid destroyed my carpeting as well as my bag and jeans. Imagine what the acid would do your skin or eyes! 2. Visually inspect your battery. Is the case leaking, bulging or cracked? If you battery exhibits any of these symptoms, replace it as soon as possible. Being proactive will save you the disservice of lamenting your procrastination whil ... read more

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How to Protect Your Car from the Sun

Extreme heat and sun can wreak havoc on your car. From your paint to your dash—even your skin can feel the sizzle from a metal seatbelt clasp! Protecting your vehicle from these harsh temperatures and extreme UV rays will ensure your investment stays picture perfect. Let’s look at how to protect your car from the sun! Your Dash To protect your dash, start by cleaning the surface with a microfiber towel—preferably a couple of times. You want to opt for a low gloss product that won’t create unwanted glare or cause dashboard fixtures to become sticky. If you’re driving a luxury car such as a Mercedes, VW, or BMW, contact a specialized Repair Shop in Vacaville to find out what products will be best. Apply in thin layers with a towel to ensure proper application. Once you’ve applied the desire amount, use a clean towel to soak up any excess product. Never spray product directly on your controls, steering wheel or screen surfaces. Not letting too much product dry on the dash is key. Le ... read more

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Vacaville Auto Repair: 6 Fluids Your Car Needs

You might think of your engine as a ton of metal tubes and bolts, but in reality without some vital fluids, your car would be in trouble! Here’s a list of 6 critical fluids your car needs: Transmission Fluid Your engine does a lot of work, but if it wasn’t for your transmission your wheels wouldn’t even make it a revolution. And it’s the transmission fluid that lubricates the gear box so your car shifts, allowing your vehicle to move. To check your transmission fluid, find the dipstick in your engine bay marked “transmission fluid.” After taking it out, look for correct levels, a petroleum-like smell, and the right color—clear for manual transmissions, red for automatics. If the colors are off or the levels are low, have them topped off at a Vacaville Auto Repair shop. Coolant Without coolant (or antifreeze, as it’s also known), your engine would heat up and expl ... read more

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Vacaville Auto Repair Tips: Don't Text and Drive!

Did you know that at 55 MPH, taking your eyes off the road for 5 seconds means you're traveling the length of a football field blind? This fact is just a testament to exactly how dangerous texting and driving can be. As an Auto Repair shop, we feel the Vacaville population should stand in unison against texting and driving. Check out this clip showing exactly how difficult it is to text and drive

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Vacaville Auto Repair Tips: Winter Maintenance

You should be in the routine of taking your car to an ASE-Certified auto repair shop near Vacaville for preventing maintenance every three months. But that doesn’t mean you can slack on your vehicle’s maintenance in between this time! That’s why we’ve put together this handy list so you can check something on your vehicle every day of the week. It’ll just take a few minutes for each item, we promise! Monday Morning: Tire Pressure When your tires have correct tire pressure, you’ll get a better grip on the road AND your fuel economy will improve. We recommend buying a tire pressure gauge and checking the owner’s manual for the exact pressure your tires should be at. Before taking off, check all 4 tires to ensure they have correct pressure. If any of them are low, all it takes is a quick stop at a gas station air pump to fill up your tires. Tuesday Morning: Wiper Blades ... read more

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Vacaville Auto Repair Tips: Why ASE-Certified Technicians Matter

If you were a football coach, you wouldn’t select someone off the street to be your quarterback. You would find someone with the skills and knowhow to help you win. The same applies to auto repair. You wouldn’t take your vehicle to a random auto repair shop in Vacaville when there’s an issue with your car. You’d take it to a trustworthy shop that employs proven mechanics with the experience and knowledge to get the job done. But how do you know when a shop has quality technicians? That’s where the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence comes in. The ASE, or Automotive Service Excellence Program, was established in 1972 to improve the repairs and service of auto shops across the country. When an auto repair facility near Vacaville like ours is ASE-Certified, it means their mechanics passed the rigorous testing standards set fo ... read more

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Vacaville Auto Repair Tips: Fluids, What They Do, & Why You Need Them

You’ll get the most from your car when it has fresh, healthy fluids in its systems to keep them running smoothly. Not replacing or flushing fluids could mean thousands in auto repair, but you can prevent this by constantly monitoring them to ensure your vehicle runs as smoothly as possible. Every system in your vehicle requires a different fluid. Here’s a breakdown of five vital fluids your car needs to stay healthy: Oil –The “lifeblood” of your vehicle, oil reduces friction in your engine’s hundreds of moving parts. The roads can be tough in Vacaville, and having a mechanic perform regular oil changes can save you lots of cash throughout the life of your car. Transmission Fluid - Transmission fluid lubricates your vehicle’s gears, allowing your engine to shift smoothly. Debris, dirt, and metal shavings get caught in transmission fluid over time causing it to turn fr ... read more

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Vacaville Repair Tips: How WD-40 Can Help Keep Your Car Clean

Your dad or grandpa probably told you about the unseen wonders contained in WD-40, but did they tell you how useful it is to clean your car with? In this month’s blog, we’re shifting from auto repair tips to further your WD-40 education to help keep your car looking magnificent! Removes Tree Sap During the summer, you’ll probably find some shade to park in when you go out—perhaps under a tree. However, parking under trees can sometimes be an invitation for trouble, as sap seeps down from the branches and onto the exterior of your car. These spots attract dirt, causing some unsightly spots on your exterior. A little bit of WD-40 can help remove this scum to keep your car looking fantastic. Cleans Bugs If you’ve ever been on a road trip, you know that it pretty much always ends with a plethora of bugs scattered on your windshield or grill. While clearing this off can be done in a few mi ... read more

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Car Care Tips: Automatic Car Washes

Regularly washing your car is extremely important when it comes to the health of your cars exterior. Many car owners believe the best way to ensure a thorough washing is to do it themselves. However, automatic car washes are much safer and efficient than hosing down your vehicle in your driveway. Too many variables come into play for those “do-it-yourselfers” when it comes to keeping their car clean. The wrong amount of water or wrong type of soap won’t safely remove dirt and can lead to scratches in the car’s paint. Not removing dirt from a car can also lead to rusting. Automatic car washes provide safe, time efficient and thorough washing. Many automatic car washes today are “touchless”, meaning they have no brushes or pads that make contact with your car. Instead, high pressure water-jets and detergents are used to clean the car leaving virtually no opportunity for scratches to appear in the car’s paint. If an automatic car wash isn’t “touchless,” it is essential to make sur ... read more

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The Importance of Timing Belt Replacements

Overlooking a simple replacement service can cost you thousands of dollars. Take the timing belt for example. This video will explain the benefits of timing belt replacements and the expensive consequences you could face if your belt should brake. Click here to watch! * Motoring Specialists is proud to partner with Monday Morning Mechanic to bring you helpful money saving tips like these to help you get more miles for your dollar! www.mondaymorningmechanic.com

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